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Useful Tropical Plants

Strombosia pustulata

Oliv.

Olacaceae

+ Synonyms

Strombosia glaucescens Engl.

Strombosiopsis rigida Engl.

Common Name:

Strombosia pustulata
Ripening fruits
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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Strombosia pustulata Strombosia pustulata Strombosia pustulata

General Information

Strombosia pustulata is an evergreen tree usually growing up to 20 metres tall, but with some specimens to 45 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
]. The crown is small and dense; the bole straight, 20 - 100cm in diameter with short sharp root spurs[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is traded internationally. The seeds yield an oil that is used for making soap.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Gabon.

Habitat

Firm-ground rain-forest on well-drained soil; moist forest; closed shady forest, often on lake- and river sides; at elevations from near sea level to 770 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

An oil from the seeds is used for ointment and making soap[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

The heartwood is pink or pale brown with purplish streaks; the sapwood wide, yellowish and sharply defined. The texture is fine; the grain fairly straight; lustrous but with an unpleasant smell when freshly cut; rather oily to touch[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. The heartwood is highly durable and is immune to termite and other insect attack[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. The timber saws cleanly but is apt to spring and split; it works well and takes a smooth finish; glues well; splits in nailing and requires preboring; can be sliced into veneers[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. Often used in the round as building poles and transmission poles (treated), striking tool handles, turnery, heavy-duty flooring[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. It has been suggested as a substitute for European boxwood[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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